Multi-Mode Location Based E-Directory Service Enabling Method, System, and Apparatus

  • US 20090055353A1
  • Filed: 04/15/2005
  • Published: 02/26/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of preparing a response when providing e-Directory services to a user making a user request for location-based supplier information, said method comprising:

  • identifying from said user request a desired location for which the user is requesting supplier information;

    identifying from the user request at least one informational element useful in querying a directory of suppliers;

    querying a primary directory of suppliers using said desired location and said informational element, in order to generate primary supplier hits;

    querying a world wide web (www) using said desired location and said informational element, in order to generate www supplier hits;

    merging said primary supplier hits with said www supplier hits to create a list of suppliers including a plurality of facts respecting each supplier in said list;

    sorting all supplier hits in said list, by proximity to said desired location;

    purging any duplicate supplier hits; and

    formatting said list of suppliers to remove any facts extraneous to presentation over a viewing device to said user.

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